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Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought By Ankit Tomar

Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought by Ankit Tomar

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This textbook offers a lucid and comprehensive account of pre-modern Indian thought and traditions.

Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought Summary

Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought: Themes and Traditions by Ankit Tomar

This textbook offers a lucid and comprehensive account of pre-modern Indian thought and traditions.

The book will serve as a helpful reference for undergraduate and post-graduate students of Political Science, Sociology, History and Social Work.This book can also be useful for UGC NET and Civil Service Aspirants

It aims to unravel the ideas and thoughts of ancient and medieval thinkers and various intellectual traditions of the Indian sub-continent. The book departs from the conventional approach and carries a context-driven conceptualization of major strands of pre-modern Indian thought. Further, it provides a roadmap to orient the students to the main themes and traditions of Indian socio-political thought. Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought will help the reader to understand the basic concepts of Indian political thought and develop a critical understanding of the major themes and issues such as community, state, kingship, culture and religion as perceived by different thinkers.

This multi-authored volume has been designed as a core and invaluable resource for the students, researchers and teachers of political science, sociology and history, and will also be useful for the scholars of other sub-fields of social sciences.

Key Features:

* Concise and well-balanced coverage of thoughts, ideas and traditions from multi-disciplinary perspective

* Extensive summary and glossary terms at the end of each chapter to help the readers recapitulate better

* Thought-provoking review questions and suggestions for further reading to enrich the teaching-learning experience

Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought Reviews

This book is an important contribution in the emergent field of 'Indic thought', which is much broader than Vedic Brahmanic tradition. There is a need to retrieve ancient philosophy's relevance and eschew its bygone scriptural diktats. For both, this book should provide a useful reference point.
-- Ajay Gudavarthy,
The book Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought: Themes and Traditions edited by Ankit Tomar and Suratha Kumar Malik is a valuable addition to the existing knowledge on Indian thinkers and their thinking traditions. The analysis beginning with Vedas down to Abul Fazal and keeping the eyes always open to catch the 'Indianess' has been fully comprehensive and successful. This is an address to a very loaded and perhaps normative enquiry about the existence of Indian political thought and traditions. The book will be very useful and helpful to all those who need to study Indian political thinking and also to those who have appetite for knowledge about Indian political theory. A great job! -- Ashok Kumar Upadhyay,
Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought: Themes and Traditions is a welcome edition to the limited body of literature available on the theme. The present work seeks to introduce some important political ideas in a critical perspective with a view to highlight the significant issues of ancient Indian political thought. The book is written in a student-friendly style and can claim to be a comprehensive account of sociopolitical thought of Indian thinkers and traditions. Being an excellent collection of articles meant for undergraduate and postgraduate students, for scholars it can become a useful reference book. -- Chandrika Basu Majumder,
This volume provides relevant information for those who care about varied themes and traditions in the vigorous domain of 'ancient and medieval Indian thought'. Prepared while bringing together a number of young perceptive scholars, the book is prefaced with a detailed account of what each chapter contains and equipped with a meticulously prepared index, rich glossary and detailed further references.
-- Ronki Ram,
This is a brilliant volume, good collection of articles and essential reading for the students, teachers and researchers on Indian political thought. It unfolds various dimensions of ancient and medieval Indian society. This book will certainly serve the need of academia as well as interested readers well. -- R. K. Satapathy,
The editors have done a commendable job by producing this book which is theoretically and analytically rich. It provides a comprehensive account of ancient and medieval Indian thinkers and traditions. A number of complex ideas and issues have been presented in an extremely lucid, straightforward and interesting style. This book will be of immense interest to social scientists in general and political scientists in particular who desire to comprehend different dimensions of Indian sociopolitical thought.
-- Sushma Yadav,

About Ankit Tomar

Ankit Tomar teaches political science at Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. He holds an MA in political science from the University of Delhi and an MPhil in international politics from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He is currently on the verge of submitting his PhD to the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), JNU. He has contributed various chapters and articles to several reputed institutions of India including Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi. He has also participated in different seminars, conferences, workshops and training programmes at national and international levels. His areas of interest include Indian and Western political philosophy, theories of international relations and public administration. Suratha Kumar Malik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, since 2012. He has completed his master's degree and master of philosophy degree from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi, and received his Doctor of Philosophy from Vidyasagar University, West Bengal. He was awarded Dr Harekrushna Mahatab Award, UGC NET, Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Nirman Foundation Fellowship (Lord Bhikhu Parekh endowment). His research interests and specialization include Indian political thought and philosophy, Dalit and tribal issues and politics, social-political movements, marginalization and identity politics. He has three books and more than a dozen of research articles and chapters in different edited books and journals of national and international reputation to his credit, which include SAGE, Springer and so on. He has also presented papers in more than 30 international and national seminars/conferences across the country and abroad, including Imperial College London, Dubai and Malaysia. As the Principal Investigator (PI), he has recently completed the University Grants Commission (New Delhi)- sponsored Major Research Project. Twelve MPhil students have been awarded degree under his supervision. He is the life member and editorial member of different bodies and organizations. Recently, he was awarded with 'Vivekananda Excellence Award' for his academic and research contribution (in the category of literature) by Seva Youth Guild, Kolkata (affiliated to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, NYKS, Government of India).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ranjan Chakrabarti Preface Introduction by Sibaji Pratim Basu Part I: Ancient Indian Thought and Traditions Dharma in Ancient India: The Moral Law of the Cosmos - Suratha Kumar Malik Ancient India: Conception and Forms of Community - Praveen Kumar Vedas and the Brahmanic Tradition: The Cradle of Hinduism - Kanchan Saxena Manu: A Progenitor of Humanity - Mona Singh Ya-jn?avalkya: A Vedic Sage - Swasti Alpana Carvaka-Lokayata Tradition: A Tradition of Materialist Philosophy - Balaganapathi Devarakonda and Jayshree Jha Shramanic Tradition: An Ascetic Reformism - Ankit Tomar Sukraniti: A Political Treatise - Prabira Sethy Digha Nikaya (Aggannasutta): Theory of Kingship and A?guttara - Nikaya Ish N Mishra Santi Parva of Mahabharata: Ideas on the Kingship and Da??aniti - Varun Kumar Tripathi Kau?ilya: A Pragmatic Thinker - Ramakrushna Pradhan Part II: Medieval Indian Thought and Traditions Medieval India: State, Society and Religion - Ritu Sharma Ziyauddin Barani: Ideas on Good Sultan and Ideal Polity - Santosh Kumar Mallik and Ramesha Chandra Mahanta Abul Fazl: Views on Governance and Administration - Sumit Mukerji Islamic Tradition: A Tradition of Human Affairs and Classical Heritage - Iftekhar Ahmad Sufi Tradition In Medieval India - S M Azizuddin Husain Kabir: An Indian Mystic Saint - Prabira Sethy Women in Bhakti Tradition: A Critical Reflection - Krishna Menon Syncretic Tradition: A Tradition of Assimilation - Rajendra Kumar Pandey Index

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